There is a promising player at Chelsea who might succeed Eden Hazard, the icon of the Blues.
Since Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid, the club hasn’t quite looked the same, and it’s safe to assume the Belgian hasn’t either.
But Hazard’s stellar reputation at Stamford Bridge endures, and there is a glimmer of optimism that the Blues may have a new Hazard if Omari Hutchinson maintains his impressive rate of growth.
Hutchinson, who was acquired from Arsenal this summer for an undisclosed sum, has had a brilliant start to his professional career with the Blues’ youth program.
Graham Potter, who has been impressed with the teen’s development, may soon bring him up to the senior squad after the player received glowing evaluations while participating in Premier League 2 games.
Hutchinson was accepted into the senior setup during the international break while the established stars were playing for their country. Potter and the youth coaches Jody Morris and John Terry recently visited a youth game to have a closer look at the phenom.
Due to his close dribbling style and quickness on the ball, youth coaches, according to The Athletic, have compared Hutchinson’s profile to Hazard’s. And a recent man-of-the-match performance in Chelsea Under-21s’ EFL Trophy match against Leyton Orient showed that the buzz is at least somewhat justified.
Hutchinson gathered the ball from a deep area, sprinted past two players, made a few stepovers with assurance, and then smashed a shot from the edge of the box high into the top corner. His teammate Mason Burstow was able to score when he displayed another burst of speed to slip by the defense and cross.
The young player, who was previously listed on Charlton’s roster, has only been with Chelsea for about four months. At the age of 18, however, there is a perception that Hutchinson has outgrown youth football, and he is expected to make the transition to adult football, with a loan move in January likely.